List of Chicago Cubs no-hitters

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The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. They play in the National League Central division. Also known in their early years as the "Chicago White Stockings" (1876–89), "Chicago Colts" (1890–97), and "Chicago Orphans" (1898–1902),[1] pitchers for the Cubs have thrown 13 no-hitters in franchise history.[2] A no-hitter is officially recognized by Major League Baseball only "when a pitcher (or pitchers) retires each batter on the opposing team during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings".[3] No-hitters of fewer than nine complete innings were previously recognized by the league as official; however, several rule alterations in 1991 changed the rule to its current form.[4]

No Cubs pitcher has yet pitched a perfect game. The closest performance came on September 2, 1972 when Milt Pappas lost his perfect game bid against the San Diego Padres with two outs in the ninth by allowing a walk to Larry Stahl on a 3–2 count; he retired the next batter to finish the no-hitter.[5] During that at-bat, he was ahead of the batter with 0–2 account before throwing four straight close pitches to allow the walk.

Larry Corcoran threw the first no-hitter in Cubs history on August 19, 1880; the most recent no-hitter was thrown by Carlos Zambrano on September 14, 2008.[5] Two left-handed pitchers have thrown no-hitters in franchise history while eight were by right-handers. Corcoran and Ken Holtzman are the only pitchers in Cubs history to throw more than one no-hitter. Corcoran threw three and Holtzman threw two.

Ten no-hitters were thrown at home and three on the road.

One occurred in April, two in May, two in June, one in July, four in August, and three in September.

The longest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Jimmy Lavender and Sam Jones, encompassing 39 years, 8 months, and 12 days from August 31, 1915 until May 12, 1955. The shortest interval between no-hitters was between the games pitched by Burt Hooton and Pappas, encompassing merely 4 months and 16 days from April 16, 1972 until September 2, 1972.[5]

Cubs pitchers have thrown two no-hitters the Atlanta Braves and their predecessors—one by Corcoran in 1880 and one by Holtzman in 1969. They have not thrown more than one against any other franchise.

No runs have been scored in any Cubs no-hitter. The most baserunners allowed in a no-hitter were by Jones (in 1955) and Hooton (in 1972), who each allowed seven. Of the 13 no-hitters, four have been won by a score of 4–0, more than any other score. The largest margin of victory in a no-hitter was a 8–0 win by Pappas in 1972. The smallest margin of victory was a 1–0 win by Holtzman in 1971.

A different umpire presided over each of the franchise's 13 no-hitters.

Eight different managers led the team during the franchise's 13 no-hitters.

List of no-hitters in Cubs history[edit]

 ¶  Indicates a perfect game
 £  Pitcher was left-handed
 *  Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
# Date Pitcher Final score Base-
runners
Opponent Catcher Plate umpire Manager Notes Ref
1 August 19, 1880 Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran (1) 6–0 2 Boston Red Caps Flint, SilverSilver Flint (1) Doscher, HermHerm Doscher Anson, CapCap Anson (1)
  • First no-hitter in franchise history
  • First no-hitter at home in franchise history
  • First right-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter
[6]
2 September 20, 1882 Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran (2) 5–0 2 Worcester Ruby Legs Flint, SilverSilver Flint (2) Kelly, KickKick Kelly Anson, CapCap Anson (2)
  • Latest calendar date of franchise's no-hitter
  • First pitcher to throw two no-hitters
[7]
3 June 27, 1884 Corcoran, LarryLarry Corcoran (3) 6–0 3 Providence Grays Flint, SilverSilver Flint (3) McLean, BillyBilly McLean Anson, CapCap Anson (3)
  • First pitcher to throw three no-hitters, the record would stand until Sandy Koufax threw his fourth no-hitter in 1965
[8]
4 July 27, 1885 Clarkson, JohnJohn Clarkson* 4–0 5 @ Providence Grays Flint, SilverSilver Flint (4) Bond, TommyTommy Bond Anson, CapCap Anson (4)
  • First Cubs no-hitter on the road
[9]
5 August 21, 1898 Thornton, WalterWalter Thornton£ 2–0 1 Brooklyn Bridegrooms Donahue, TimTim Donahue McDonald, JamesJames McDonald Burns, TomTom Burns
  • First left-handed pitcher to throw a no-hitter in franchise history
[10]
6 August 31, 1915 Lavender, JimmyJimmy Lavender 2–0 3 @ New York Giants Bresnahan, RogerRoger Bresnahan Klem, BillBill Klem Bresnahan, RogerRoger Bresnahan [11]
7 May 12, 1955 Jones, SamSam Jones 4–0 7 Pittsburgh Pirates McCullough, ClydeClyde McCullough Gore, ArtieArtie Gore Hack, StanStan Hack
  • Longest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
  • First no-hitter by black pitcher
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
  • Most baserunners allowed in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
[12]
8 May 15, 1960 Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell 4–0 1 St. Louis Cardinals Rice, DelDel Rice Venzon, TonyTony Venzon Grimm, CharlieCharlie Grimm
  • Second game of a doubleheader
  • First start after being acquired by Phillies
[13]
9 August 19, 1969 Holtzman, KenKen Holtzman£ (1) 3–0 3 Atlanta Braves Heath, BillBill Heath (723 IP)
Gene Oliver (113 IP)
Stello, DickDick Stello Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher (1)
  • Holtzman did not strike out a batter the entire game
[14]
10 June 3, 1971 Holtzman, KenKen Holtzman£ (2) 1–0 4 @ Cincinnati Reds Breeden, DannyDanny Breeden Davidson, SatchSatch Davidson Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher (2)
  • Holtzman scored the game's only run
  • Smallest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter
[15]
11 April 16, 1972 Hooton, BurtBurt Hooton 4–0 7 Philadelphia Phillies Hundley, RandyRandy Hundley (1) Pryor, PaulPaul Pryor Durocher, LeoLeo Durocher (3)
  • Game 2 of season
  • Earliest calendar date of franchise's no-hitter
  • Most baserunners allowed in a franchise's no-hitter (tie)
[16]
12 September 2, 1972 Pappas, MiltMilt Pappas 8–0 1 San Diego Padres Hundley, RandyRandy Hundley (2) Froemming, BruceBruce Froemming Lockman, WhiteyWhitey Lockman
  • Largest margin of victory in a franchise's no-hitter
  • Shortest interval between no-hitters in franchise history
[17]
13 September 14, 2008 Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano 5–0 2 @ Houston Astros Soto, GeovanyGeovany Soto Tschida, TimTim Tschida Piniella, LouLou Piniella
  • Most recent no-hitter in franchise history
  • Played at Miller Park in Milwaukee because of Hurricane Ike, making it the first no-hitter at a neutral site
[18]

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